Archeologists find evidence of the obliteration of Sodom-Gomorrah

Since God created the world, and since science is all about studying the natural world, there is no intrinsic reason why science and religion, specifically Christianity, should be at loggerheads. Indeed, as science becomes more advanced, more and more it is confirming biblical accounts.

Several months ago, geologists found confirmation that, just as Matthew 27:50-52 recounted (“But Jesus cried out again in a loud voice, and gave up his spirit. And behold, the veil of the sanctuary was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth quaked, rocks were split, tombs were opened….”), an earthquake did take place at or around the time of Jesus’ death on the cross. The geologists gave a precise date for His death: Friday, April 3, 33 A.D.

Now, a team of archeologists have discovered evidence of a catastrophic “heat event” that wiped out ancient Sodom and Gomorrah — just as the Old Testament had chronicled:

Genesis 19

17 And it came to pass, when they had brought them forth abroad, that he said, Escape for thy life; look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the plain; escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed.

24 Then the Lord rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the Lord out of heaven;

25 And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground.

The Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, by John Martin, 1852

John Bergsma writes for The Sacred Page, Dec. 7, 2011:

By far the most interesting session at the recent Society of Biblical Literature Congress in San Francisco was one I wandered into by chance.  I am always curious about what is going on in biblical archeology, so one afternoon I decided to … go hear about the excavations at a certain site called “Tall-el-Hammam.”

I had no idea what I was in for. 

After about five minutes into the session, I realized that the archeological team assigned to this dig was convinced that they had found the biblical Sodom and Gomorrah. After another half-hour, it seemed they had most of the participants convinced as well. The sites fit the geographical and temporal context into which Sodom and Gomorrah are placed in the biblical texts. The cities at the site were suddenly and completely wiped out in the Late Bronze Age, which makes a reasonably good fit with the biblical accounts of Abraham and Lot. 

The entire presentation was very convincing, but never once did they deal with the “elephant in the room”: what caused the sites to be suddenly abandoned?  As soon as the session was over, I was the first to raise my hand.  “Did you find any arrow heads?  Signs of invasion?  What happened to them?” 

The lead archeologist paused for a moment.  “I didn’t want to go there,” he said.  Another pause. “I’m preparing material for publication.”  Pause.  “All I want to say ‘on camera’ is, they appear to have been wiped out in a ‘heat event’.”

A “heat event”!?  What?!

“If you want to know more, I’ll talk after the session off the record.”

I wish I could divulge what he said to a small group of us clustered around the podium after the session was over, but it would break confidence. We’ll have to wait for the official peer-reviewed publications.

Here’s a link to the dig’s main website: http://www.tallelhammam.com/

One of the archeologists, Dr. Steven Collins, was more forthcoming in a comment he wrote on Bergsma’s article. This is what Dr. Collins wrote:

“On our terminal MB2 event, what I can say is that multiple lines of evidence continue to confirm that not only massive Tall el-Hammam, but also its many satellite towns and villages on the eastern Kikkar, suffered some sort of fiery, civilization-ending cataclysm toward the end of the Middle Bronze Age, with the selfsame, well-watered-in-abundance area remaining devoid of settlements for the next 600 years or so [...] The entirety of Tall el-Hammam’s MB2 footprint is covered in heavy ash (from .5m-1m thick), ash filled destruction debris, and other conflagratory indicators that will be published in appropriate venues. [...] Is Tall el-Hammam biblical Sodom? Well, if it isn’t (and I say this with complete confidence in what I know to be the facts of the case), there are going to be a lot of people with a lot of ‘splainin’ to do, Lucy!”

In a comment responding to Dr. Collins, Bergsma asks a follow up question: “Is there any associated destruction layer at Jericho from this same time period?”

Dr. Collins’ answer:

“Yes, John, there is. The terminal MB destruction at Jericho seems to be of similar date (17th/16th century BCE). Still needs a lot of study. Our ceramic assemblage is very similar, perhaps identical. It seems reasonable that Hammam and Jericho, along with the rest of the towns in the Kikkar, went down together. Jericho was re-occupied by around 1400 for a brief period. The eastern Kikkar didn’t recover at all until about 1000 BCE when a few Iron 2 walled towns sprang up.”

A cataclysmic “civilization-ending” “conflagratory” (fiery) “heat event” that reduced Sodom and Gomorrah to ashes, making the area uninhabitable for 600 years. That’s no ordinary fire. Not even a volcanic eruption would do that.

As an example, the ecology of Mount St. Helens in Washington state quickly recovered after the devastating eruptions of May 18, 1980. One account chronicles:

“within weeks, an exotic mammal started meandering through the devastation…. A few burrowing animals survived in zones of complete devastation. Volcanic ash is sterile and lifeless, but in parts of the blast area … [Virginia Dale, an ecologist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, says,] ‘Pocket gophers came up through the ash, and because of their habits, succeeded in mixing the soil with the ash layer, and with seeds and parts of plants.’ In areas with less than, say, 25 centimeters of ash, gophers ‘were really important to the recovery.’ Credit the gophers for mixing essential fungi that help plant roots to absorb soil nutrients. … Overall, Dale says, the recovery has been ‘highly variable but rapid in some disturbance types,’ and quite different from what ecologists would have predicted.”

The archeological evidence of what happened to Sodom and Gomorrah is sobering….

~Eowyn

19 responses to “Archeologists find evidence of the obliteration of Sodom-Gomorrah

  1. Yes, it was violently destroyed by god…

  2. I find it odd there’s no mention of radioactive measurements for these sites, nor of a sudden volcanic eruption, just as the town of Pompeii was destroyed centuries later. But these may be in the forthcoming articles….

  3. There are some neighborhoods in the USA that should take this warning seriously.

  4. 1wanderingtruthseeker

    Zach.Sitchin explained it all in his books. A nuclear bomb destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah in ancient times. Where did the bomb come from? The anicent gods from another world brought here. It has a high radiological count. Black glass made from exterme heat. check it out.

    • It’s fun to speculate about that “Chariots of the Gods” stuff, but I don’t buy it. The more direct and simple explanation in the Bible holds more water for me. Think of the similarity to the corruption in Pompeii. If I were living in Provincetown or San Francisco I would be keeping an eye open for a hasty escape.

      • 1wanderingtruthseeker

        I read all of Sitchins books and Gensis Revisited makes alot more sense to me and Gensis of the bible. I read all of Gensis and look up how many people the God of the Old Testament had killed. Jealous Gods would be right there in the middle of everything being as we descented from them and lool at us today. And how many people are killed in the name of God? The God I worship would not do those things. The creator of all. We can agree to disagree. Thanks for the reply to my comment.

        • It’s a question that deserves honest debate. Interestingly, when you study King David, you find that David and his top soldiers defeated the giants (referred to in Sitchins’ books).

    • Hi, wandering:

      I suggest you check out Dr. Michael Heiser’s website: http://www.sitchiniswrong.com/

      Unlike Sitchin, Dr. Heiser is an actual scholar, with a Ph.D. (2004) in Hebrew Bible and Ancient Semitic Languages from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Heiser totally debunks Sitchin’s fanciful notions on which Sitchin made a fortune.

      • 1wanderingtruthseeker

        Yes, I’m familar with Dr. Heiser works. How ever I agree with Mr Z. Sitchin. The Sumerian cuneiform are not in ancient Hebrew. I appreciate scholars that go against the grain. Some people will not change the accepted rules, even if the proof is right in front of them. Thank you sir for replying to my comment.

  5. Gerald Goldberg

    Shalom,

    Didn’t you know that the Sodomites & Gomorraites moved to San Francisco?

    NO SEX TOYS OF THE PROPHET MUHAMMAD?

    ARE THEY AFRAID SOME MUSLIMS MIGHT CUT OFF THEIR D–KS?

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    The Baby Jesus Butt Plug, at a mere $30, is their least expensive Christian anal sex toy. Notice how Divine Interventions purposely makes blasphemous dildos mocking all major religions except Islam. It’s easy to taunt people that you don’t actually fear. I’ll start to respect them on the day they make a Mohammed the Penetrator dildo or Anal Probe Allah.

    Buddha, Mary and Jesus — and in the foreground is either the Grim Reaper or Judas, who gets this description:

    “Our Boy sold Jesus for thirty silver pieces, and we’re selling him for even less! Imagine if he could fuck the Son of God what he could do to you!”

    http://www.zombietime.com

    Up Your Alley Fair — San Francisco, July 27, 2008

    Folsom Street Fair — San Francisco, September 30, 2007

    Up Your Alley 2008

    N O T I C E
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    This report contains photographs and descriptions of extreme sexual behavior performed in public that some viewers may find disturbing.

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    Note that the captions remain exactly the same in both versions, and that this text is also somewhat explicit, since it describes the action in the photographs.

    Take a moment to decide which version you would like to view. Please be aware that when we say “explicit” and “extreme,” we are not exaggerating.

    W A R N I N G

    The report you are about to view of the 2008 “Up Your Alley” Fair in San Francisco contains newsworthy images of people engaged in extreme sexual behavior in public. Although these images are not intended to be pornographic, some people might regard them as such. Because of this, only adults age 18 or over may view the images on the following page. By clicking on the button below, you agree that:

    • You are at least 18 years old, and are legally regarded as an adult in the jurisdiction where you reside;

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  6. Thank you Dr. Eowyn for this most interesting and remarkable post! Once again, just like your post on the Crucifixion and how science indicated that there was indeed an earthquake that took place when Jesus died, so, too, science confirms Biblical communication regarding the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. Although this is indeed “sobering,” I am so excited when science and theology work together!

  7. When one has faith it is easier to believe. Reading these affirmations just adds a little cement to the strong foundation of my faith.

  8. Great information here. The Lord will have the final say on the United States of Sodom and Gomorrah.

    “This is Sodom! This is Sodom!”

    http://hitchhikeamerica.wordpress.com/2013/01/04/this-is-sodom-this-is-sodom/

    • Some parts of our society are absolutely like Sodom. I pray we will be able to take back the power from those who are desperate to pervert our nation. A missionary friend is not as hopeful as me, but I will continue to fight.

  9. Sodom and Gomorrah sounds like New York City, San Francisco or Las Vegas.

    • Ha ha! In one of Howard Ruff’s books, he quotes a friend who visited San Francisco as saying, “If God doesn’t destroy this city, He owes Sodom and Gomorrah an apology!”

      BTW, you might have to add our capitol to that list.

  10. I was speaking with someone the other day and we where wondering if anything or any signs of inhabitants to date

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